The Supreme Court said that a Washington state school district violated the First Amendment rights of a high school football coach when he lost his job after praying at the 50-yard line after games. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses the court ruling and what the recent decision may mean for First Amendment rights. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin argued that the government was becoming more "involved with religion" after the Supreme Court decided that a public school district didn't have the right to stop a high school coach from praying alone after football games. In Monday's ruling on Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, the court agreed that the Washington state school district had violated the First Amendment rights of former high school football coach Joe Kennedy by firing him over post-game prayers from the field. Reacting to the breaking news on Monday, CNN's Toobin blasted the decision as the court "allowing more state involvement with
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CNN huffs that the Supreme Court is "bolster[ing] religious rights and decide cases on the side of religious liberties" with their ruling on Maine's discrimination against religious schools.CNN huffs that the Supreme Court is "bolster[ing] religious rights and decide cases on the side of religious liberties" with their ruling on Maine's discrimination against religious schools.
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CNN sounded the alarm over the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of religious schools in the case of Carson v. Makin on Tuesday, fretting that the Court was now "elevating" religious liberty over "free speech." The high court ruled in a 6-3 majority Tuesday that the state of Maine could not exclude private schools with religious teaching from receiving funds from their tuition assistance program. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the state had violated the Free Exercise Clause in the First Amendment. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin warned this ruling showcased a "major trend" from the Court in favor of religious schools and against the Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from establishing a religion. "That idea is breaking down under the conservative majority. There are more and more opportunities, whether it is funding textbooks, whether it is funding playgrounds, now scholarships, where it is permissible for the government to gi